Friday, June 17, 2011

Book Review: Managing God's Money

Lately I've been feeling the heavy weight of the finance manager position.  Not that we're in trouble or that I necessarily wish someone else would do it, but just that sometimes the task makes me feel discontent.  I see what we have, and I see what everyone else seems to have or celebrate getting.  This book couldn't have come at a better time.

Randy Alcorn answers many questions in this book, including: Is what we do with our money really any of God's business?  Does God mind if we spend money on ourselves?  What about debt? savings? retirement?  He answers that God cares immensely that we manage money with an eternal perspective.  Jesus says more about money than any other topic.  In this easy to follow format, Randy Alcorn addresses exactly what the Bible says about everything God has entrusted to us.  It is chock full of Scripture, and is a great resource for anyone interested in gaining a solid biblical understanding of financial stewardship.

This book really focuses on the attitude behind financial stewardship.  If you want nuts and bolts of exactly what to do, check out Dave Ramsey.  But if you want understanding and an attitude check, then read this book.  Even sound financial advice will be clearer once you learn how you are supposed to think about your money.  Lately I've been a little down in the dumps about what we have.  We rent, we have old cars, and about 90% of our possessions are practically of the garage-sale variety: that is, they were used or simply given to us.  It's hard to live this way in a country full of shiny, bigger and new.  But if I truly adopt the mindset that everything is God's and He's simply entrusted it to us to use for His Kingdom, then all anxiety melts away and becomes pointless.  It also opened my eyes to ways God has blessed us financially that we might not recognize.  (One of our old cars has 255,545 miles on it, and is still going strong.   That's kind of amazing.)

I will read this book every time I start to feel less than content.  I think everyone should read it. 

Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a free copy of this book as a part of their blogger book review program.

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